TOP 7 THINGS TO DO THIS WEEK
Another great mix of things to do this week – so you needn’t be in the dark about what’s going on in Geneva anymore! Enjoy!
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NEW BAR OPENING – DYNASTIE
This Friday 10th November 2017 from 5pm-2am, the new Dynastie Cocktail Bar located in the old town celebrates its opening night – with music from DJ Mayan Lewis and some great cocktails on offer, why not try it out?
WHERE: 13 rue de la Cité, 1204 Genève.
WHEN: 10th November 2017.
Fashion, decoration, sport, leisure or gastronomy – there’s something for everyone at Les Automnales. Taking place at Palexpo from Friday 10th-Sunday 19th November 2017 with over one hundred exhibitors and various add on expos such as the Salon de la Montagne, the Salon Nautique, Japan Cosplay (click here to find out more) as well as a dog and cat show. Free cookery demonstrations as well as some interesting workshops take place daily, including a cake design workshop. For more information click here.
TOP TIP: Plan your visit as the exhibition can be overwhelming if you walk around aimlessly for hours.
If you’d like to take part in a workshop or see a specific event – register beforehand or verify the times before you go. Also note, entry is FREE after 7pm.
WHERE: Palexpo, Grand Saconnex, Genève.
WHEN: 10th-19th November 2017.
COST: 14CHF, Free entry after 7pm.
NOTES N’ TOASTS MUSICAL BRUNCH
Like the sound of unlimited Bloody Marys and delicious tartines from the new restaurant/bar Toasted? The old-fashioned diner with retro décor serving up yummy open-faced sandwiches and plenty of Brookyln style – set to become the hippest brunch spot in town!
Their Notes n’ Toasts Musical Brunch on Sunday 12th November 2017 (choose from two different time slots – midday to 2pm or 2pm-4pm) will feature the fantastic gypsy jazz trio with Sebastien Felix (on guitar) and NYC’s own John Intrator (on fiddle) followed by Geneva’s own blues man, Alex Ald (on guitar). This is a date not to be missed.
WHERE: Toasted, 44 boulevard du Pont-d’Arve, 1205 Genève.
WHEN: Sunday 12th November 2017.
COST: 49CHF per person. To book tickets click here.
STOP TELLING WOMEN TO SMILE
Stop Telling Women to Smile is an art series by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh taking place at L’Usine from 13th-27th November 2017. Tatyana’s work addresses gender based street harassment by placing drawn portraits of women, composed with captions that speak directly to offenders, outside in public spaces. Tatyana Falalizadeh is an illustrator/painter based in Brooklyn, mostly known for her oil paintings. Having recently branched out into public art as a muralist, STWTS was born out of the idea that street art can be an impactful tool for tackling street harassment, a serious issue that affects women world wide. This project takes women’s voices, and faces, and puts them in the street – creating a bold presence for women in an environment where they are so often made to feel uncomfortable and unsafe.
WHERE: L’Usine, 4 place des Volontaires,1204 Genève.
WHEN: 13th – 27th November 2017.
For one night only, on Wednesday 15th November 2017 from 6pm-9.30pm at the Halles de l’Île, a special night of fashion, fun and shopping takes place. What is slow fashion? It’s a celebration of the handmade, knowing where things come from and having a positive impact and consuming consciously. A catwalk show takes place at 8pm-9pm and a glass of wine is offered to everyone upon arrival, with the chance to win some goodies! RSVP necessary – click here to find out more.
WHERE: Les Halles de l’Île, 1 place de l’Ile 1, 1204 Genève.
WHEN: Wednesday 15th November 2017.
COST: Free entry.
EXPAT COMEDY NIGHT
Join Jen Kirwin (NBC’s Last Comic Standing, Montreal Comedy Festival) & guests at the Expat Comedy Night, for a night of fun-filled stand-up comedy at Mr Pickwick Pub. Featuring an all new line-up of comics. Click here to find out more.
WHERE: Mr Pickwick Pub, 80 rue de Lausanne, 1202 Genève.
WHEN: Thursday 16th November 2017. Doors open at 7pm.
COST: 10CHF at the door.
THE GENEVA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (GIFF)
If you fancy yourself a movie buff and you’re into art house movies, the Geneva International Film Festival is still on this weekend. The programme may appear a bit overwhelming at first glance, but don’t let that put you off. The festival offers some groundbreaking movies, some of which have a direct link to Geneva, and most of which are shown with English subtitles.
This popular festival aimed at all ages offers a mixture of film, television, digital art and music events over a period of nine days. This year’s festival, now in its 23rdyear, will take place until the 11th November 2017. Click here to see our tips for what to see at the GIFF.
FUTURE EVENTS TO BOOK NOW
THE SCHOOL FOR WIVES
A comedy by Molière, The School for Wives is a lively romp of mistaken identity, lost innocence and shared secrets performed by the Geneva English Drama Society on 21st-25th November 2017.
Arnolphe, a pompous middle-aged man, has his future all mapped out and will take advice from no one. He has raised his young ward, Agnès, in a nunnery so that she will remain innocent and ignorant and thus be the “perfect” wife for him. Now she is 17, and he moves her to a house on his estate in preparation for the wedding. However, Agnès has other ideas…
In this biting comedy of errors, the hapless Arnolphe is undone by his own double dealing and double standards. Written by Molière, The School for Wives was first performed in December 1662, yet many of its themes remain relevant today in a fresh, witty English translation. Click here for ticket information.
THE BOLSHOI BALLET AT BALEXERT
Experience famous ballet performances streamed live from the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow at Pathé Cinema Balexert – seven are listed on the Pathé website so far, the first three coming soon are The Taming of the Shrew on Sunday 26th November 2017, The Nutcracker on Sunday 17th December 2017 and Romeo and Juliet on Sunday 21st January 2017. With over 250 dancers, the Bolshoi Ballet is one of the largest companies in the world. Each year it has 30 ballets in repertory, both classical and contemporary works. With its Academy, the Bolshoi is also perpetuating the classical ballet tradition through a new generation of young and talented dancers. Click here to book tickets.
THE WIZARD OF OZ
The Geneva Amateur Operatic Society has a reputation for producing high calibre shows since being created in 1971. Productions are in English and are performed entirely by talented amateurs at some of the city’s most exciting venues. This winter’s production of the Wizard of Oz, the tale of a young girl and her dog trying to find their way home with the help of the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion, has some of the best-loved songs in American filmdom, including “Over the Rainbow” and “Follow the Yellow Brick Road”.
Friday 1st December 2017 at 8pm, Saturday 2nd December 2017 at 2pm and 6.30pm, Sunday 3rd December 2017 at 3pm.
Tickets go on sale on the 11th November 2017, so put the date in your diary. Click here
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for the GAOS website.
FREE CONCERT & TED-STYLE TALK
A free concert and fascinating TED-style talk at the Athénee with superstar interpreter of music for the deaf, Amber Galloway Gallego takes place on Monday 4th December 2017.
Amber, a pink-haired punk from Texas, has become a worldwide sensation overnight. A music interpreter for the deaf, performing onstage with some pretty impressive names in the world of music explains what is sound to music, does music need sound to be enjoyed, can one love a song you’ve never heard before? Be it Madonna or the Beatles, music has an irresistible energy that is enjoyed by all and is oft attributed to its sound. But there is a person who begs to differ, an amazing talent who knows how to translate audio’s captivating energy into non-sonic terms.
Come witness what will surely be the most entertaining concert of your life – whether you have perfect hearing or not. This is a 100% inclusive event with simultaneous interpretation in English, French and LSF (French Sign Language).
Tickets are free, but registration in advance is necessary. Click here for further information.